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Real Madrid boss Ancelotti backs Xavi to turn things around at Barcelona

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Following a run of just two wins in their last five matches across all competitions, FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has come under pressure.

There has been a lot of criticism directed towards the 43-year-old tactician in light of the Blaugrana’s style of play and subpar performances in recent games.

There have even been suggestions that a negative result in tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash against FC Porto could spell trouble for the former midfielder-turned-manager.

Ancelotti backs Xavi to handle the criticism

Amidst the growing pressure, Xavi has received support from an unlikely source in the form of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Indeed, the Italian tactician has backed the Barcelona manager to handle the criticism directed towards the team and turn things around at the Catalan outfit.

When asked if he had any advice for Xavi, Ancelotti said (h/t Mundo Deportivo): “Absolutely not. Xavi and I know football very well… and that there is criticism. Sometimes it can happen, but Xavi has the experience to handle all this.

“He knows the environment very well and I think he has all the resources to handle this situation.”

Xavi has Laporta’s backing

Despite all the rumours flying around, Barcelona president Joan Laporta offered his support and backing to Xavi during a media interaction on Monday, saying that the club has full faith in the former midfielder.

“We totally and absolutely close ranks with Xavi. He is our coach and we are very proud to have him with us. We are with him totally, full confidence,” Laporta said.

“Now he has Pedri and Frenkie. And when he hasn’t had them, he has done quite well under the circumstances. I spoke to him after Vallecas and he is very motivated. We are aware of what we have and Xavi is doing well,” he added.

Nonetheless, an unsatisfactory display tonight against Porto could serve to turn up the heat on Xavi.

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